Experimentation

Reading a book by Feynman . He is conducting experiments. In the process he is trying to verify things which are supposedly basic, and hence taken for granted. There is this one time when he peers down a microscope and tries to understand the movements of a paramecium whose moments are attributed to randomness, devoid of any form of intelligence. The results reveal some form of intelligence in a such a primitive organism and an enormous amount of perseverance which is common to Nature. The crux of this is the elucidation of the importance of experimentation.

This has to be viewed in the backdrop of human intelligence. Experimentation can be understood akin to trials. This holds great learning to a person like me who looks at ways other than trial and error to go about situations. I have never been too kind to the trial and error method simply because the method entails an open mind in the truest sense and enormous amount of patience to observe each and every trial in it’s own right and judge it objectively. I was under the impression that it is smart to look for some other way to approach things. The whole drawback of this method is the oversimplification and loss of detail in the process. It might be good for iterations with a priori information.

When understanding basics, experimentation seems to be the best method. It breeds an open mind, a readiness to absorb and objectivity of thought. The perfect recipe for learning.

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